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Biological Science Laboratory Technician

Location: Seattle, WA

Type: Temporary

Min. Experience: Mid Level

IPHC Job Reference Number 2017-02

Biological Science Laboratory Technician

The International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) is seeking a full-time Biological Science Laboratory Technician for a two-year appointment to support research projects conducted by the Biological and Ecosystem Science branch.

The IPHC manages the Pacific halibut resource for the Canadian and US governments, with offices in Seattle, Washington, USA. 

Principal Duties

The Biological Science Laboratory Technician is responsible for the operation and management of the Biological and Ecosystem Science laboratory and for assisting in IPHC research projects investigating Pacific halibut growth, reproduction, migration, discard survival, and genetics. Specific duties include:

·         Processing and analyzing biological samples from Pacific halibut resulting from IPHC research activities.

·         Establishing technical and analytical protocols, preparing technical reports, and assisting with and/or authoring scientific and technical reports and peer-reviewed papers.

·         Managing the Biological and Ecosystem Science laboratory, involving ordering of supplies and laboratory equipment, and creating and maintaining an inventory of supplies and laboratory equipment. Ensuring proper operation and maintenance of laboratory equipment.

·         Training existing staff members to conduct specific techniques as needed.

·         Participating in the collection of biological samples in the field as needed.

Qualifications and Experience

Education. Bachelor’s or advanced (Master’s) degree in relevant scientific discipline (e.g., marine biology, fisheries, fish physiology, fish genetics, zoology, environmental science, etc.).

Professional experience. At least two years of specialized experience performing technical work all techniques listed below:

·         Molecular gene expression analyses (e.g., nucleic acid purification, cDNA synthesis, conventional and quantitative real time PCR, RNAseq) and genotyping techniques.

·         Use of bioinformatics applications for PCR primer design and transcriptome sequence analyses.

·         Determinations of blood and tissue hormone and metabolite levels (colorimetric and ELISA techniques).

This position requires knowledge of computer functions related to data input and retrieval, and routine analysis of data is required. Report-writing skills are desired.

Salary and Benefits

The annual salary for this position is equivalent to a GS-8 level for the US federal civil service (Seattle Locality) – noting that this is not a US civil service position – which ranges from $48,651 to $63,243 (2017 rates), depending on experience and demonstrated skills. The IPHC offers a range of benefits including medical (100% employer-paid), life, cancer care, and long-term disability insurance, vacation, sick leave, and 403(b) program (employer contribution and match).


Applications are due by 15 December 2017. The IPHC is an International Governmental Organization and as such will consider applicants regardless of nationality. Due to the nature of the work and the organization, a background check is also a condition of employment. Candidates will be selected for an interview based on meeting basic qualifications and additional demonstrated experience.  For more information about this position, please email: admin@iphc.int and cite Job Reference Number 2017-02.

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